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Soul & Inspiration, DIY Widow

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Soul & Inspiration, DIY Widow

What Spoke to my Soul and Heart to Inspire Me. As a young child I was very shy but after becoming a teenage most of that shyness went away. In seventh grade, I decided to write a small book consisting of pictures I had drawn with a love story all of which had been drawn and written on notebook paper with staples for a binder.  Of course, I knew nothing about love but I was in love with the “ideal” of love. In Junior High and High School, I tried to keep a Diary but realized fairly quickly, with four brothers in the house, that there would be zero privacy for those written pages....

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Copy and Paste 101, DIY Widow

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Copy and Paste 101, DIY Widow

Distant Friends Again My computer does not like me.  Just when I thought, that we were becoming closer friends, the computer has decided to distance itself from me again.  I don’t remember doing anything to upset my computer but it is evidently not happy with me and punishing me. To transfer letters that I have typed that were written to me by my husband I have to be able to copy, paste and unload the key.  I do not have a mouse yet so this is done entirely by certain keys held down together. You hold down the SHIFT + Arrow keys to highlight release then hold down together the CTRL + c...

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Computer Volume, DIY Widow

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Computer Volume, DIY Widow

I Need More Volume! Well, I have finally become a distant friend of my computer.  The computer “allows” me to turn it on, go to Google, search for a tab, have more than one tab displayed at a time, and then flip back and forth from one tab to another at a time. Being a very kind artificial intelligent complicated device, my computer friend has also allowed me to download Dragon and Grammarly. Just in case you do not know what Dragon is, it is a voice to text device that will allow you to speak into it then type what you say.  Of course, Dragon will ask you for examples of your...

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Read Signs? 101, DIY Widow

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Read Signs? 101, DIY Widow

Ut-Oh!  Definitely did it this time!  My family will never let me live this one down. I guess I could blame it on not having my glasses on but I don’t need them for reading.  Of course, the sign was fairly large, at least nine by nine in inches. You know God gave us senses of touching, hearing,  tasting, smelling, and seeing.  Sometimes we should just use more than one sense at a time. For this “ut-oh”, I chose to use just the sense of hearing and threw in a little seeing what I wanted to see.  In other words, I was just blindly following my sense of hearing. Okay...

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Password Change? 101, DIY Widow

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Password Change? 101, DIY Widow

Capitals, Lowercase, Numbers, and Symbols Goodness gracious, I got an email last night from Twitter Tweet.  It seems that they might have had a breach of everyone’s passwords.  Really, this is not what I want to read! Their email went something like the following: Nancy,  We are so sorry to inform you that there is a strong possibility that your Twitter account password may have been breached.  We are pretty sure that your password was not compromised but we are asking you to set a new password.  Also, if you have any other similar passwords on other accounts, such as Facebook, please...

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Website Server 101, DIY Widow

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Website Server 101, DIY Widow

  Who is serving Whom   Well now, I googled “Website Server” and “Hosting”.  Really?  The answer was not exactly what I had envisioned in my mind! Website server has absolutely nothing to do with a person with a little white towel over their arm bringing me breakfast in bed but is a little box out there in the la-la wireless land. This is the way I picture it in my mind.  First, you have to find a reliable website server building out there which has an apartment for rent, then you rent that apartment. You will then give them your domain name and they will...

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Domain Names 101, DIY Widow

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Domain Names 101, DIY Widow

God Help Me Wow, I am actually on a website!  Thinking not to bad for a person who had not turned on a computer for ten years. Have I made mistakes?  Absolutely!  How many mistakes?  Actually, I lost count after I ran out of fingers and toes.  I should have kept a sheet of paper with a count. The first real bogger-roo is getting a domain name.  You might wonder what that is, well I had no idea.  It is actually the name you use on your website and one you will get from a site after googling “Get a Domain Name”. After selecting a site, I blindly entered the unknown, definitely in a...

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Poison Oak 101, DIY Widow

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Poison Oak 101, DIY Widow

Not Again! What is the deal with Poison Oak and why does it find me every year?  It is a sneaky little “devil” that lurks in the chainlink fence, bushes, and around the trees. After pulling vines out of trees while clearing land for a new trailer home in 1979, I found out at age thirty that poison oak and I are “enemies” of the worst kind. What I was told by Mr. Frank that was for sure an asp sting on my arm, ended up being a full-blown case of poison oak all over my body. Evidently, showering in hot water did not help the situation but spread that stuff from head to...

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Tree Trimming 101, DIY Widow

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Tree Trimming 101, DIY Widow

I Meant To Do That   A few years back I walked out my back door and saw that a large tree limb from one of the pecan trees was hanging low over my shed in the backyard. These trees have been grafted and have huge pecans on them, so when the trees get loaded with pecans the limbs will nearly hang to the ground and sometimes the load is too much and the limbs will break. I had watched Frank use his chainsaw many times cutting the broken limbs from the trees then sawing them into small pieces, so I was confident in knowing how to do it. Walking up to the tree I saw that the limb was in...

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Toilet Refurbish 101, DIY Widow

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Toilet Refurbish 101, DIY Widow

        Yoga and Toilets One “thang” that I know for sure is, God did not invent the porcelain throne, man invented it.  How do I know this?  For one thang,  it is always sitting in a tight spot between a cabinet and a wall which makes it impossible to access the bolts to unloosen/tighten them or even clean the toilet. A woman would not have done this. If the toilet needs repair below are the steps I would suggest to you. 1. Pick up your deceased husband’s picture, look at it, and tell him how much you love him. 2. Ask God to make sure He supplies your...

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Expedition, Round Three

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Expedition, Round Three

  Hot Flaming Brakes   Well, finally got my vehicle after two weeks but returning home on the 25-mile trip,  I started smelling something hot.  Upon reaching home and after getting out of the vehicle the left front brake was so hot that when I touched it,  my finger got burned. I called the dealership, then roadside assistance and they sent a tow truck.  The truck arrived finally after twenty minutes.  Watching the driver load the Expedition was not fun for the second time in two weeks but I tried to be as cordial as possible. While the driver loaded my vehicle onto the truck, I...

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Hedge Trimming 101, DIY Widow

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Hedge Trimming 101, DIY Widow

“Shake, Shake, Shake your Body” When you decide that you are ready for hedge trimming, first you just get rid that ole big gas-powered hedge trimmer your husband used. Why, because it is gas powered, weighs at least a 100 lbs, and hard to start. Trust me, just go buy a lightweight electric one. You will want to have several 100ft. extension cords and you should always have a spare one on hand. Also, you will want to familiarise yourself with where your house breaker switches are. Next plug in the extension cord to the outside electric socket.  If you don’t have an outside...

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Ford Expedition Woes

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Ford Expedition Woes

    Nails and Brakes When I got up that morning with a stopped up head, allergies.  After drinking several cups of coffee, I did the treadmill then made a grocery list while waiting for the Great Granddaughter to arrive. When she arrived I found out from my Oldest Grandson, Matt, that my next to youngest Grandson, Mav, had broken his wrist while playing soccer the night before but he told me not to worry. Right! Baby girl and I loaded into the car to go to the grocery store. While backing out I noticed the low tire warning light on, so I got out and checked the tires. They all...

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Expedition, RoundTwo

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Expedition, RoundTwo

Keys Anybody After my vehicle left on the wrecker late in the evening.  I waited until noon the next day to check on my vehicle thinking it would give them time to access the problem with the brake.  When  Ford Service Department answered after giving them my info, they told me that they could not find my vehicle.  Well now, that was not the information I was expecting to hear from them.   They had everyone check their key lock boxes on the whole complex but no one had the keys to my Vehicle. Enterprise Rental cars told them they checked their box when they opened and “No Keys”!...

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